Rum cocktails

Sylvia Simm | 24. June 2024

A cocktail always works, doesn't it? Isn't it? A rum cocktail is a delicious treat in the evening. If not under palm trees like in the Caribbean, then perhaps on the terrace at home or by a lake. We present the most popular rum cocktails and cocktail recipes.

And get mixing!

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History of the rum cocktail

Nowadays, there are countless variations of rum cocktails. The first mention of a cocktail dates back to 1806, although the alcohol used was not specified here, only a spirit was mentioned. It can be assumed that the first rum cocktails were made on the Caribbean island to which the origins of rum are attributed - Barbados. Wherever rum was mixed with water and fruit juices, a popular refreshing drink was created. The first beginnings can be found in the Caribbean, where rum was produced and mixed with water and fruit juices to become a popular soft drink. The Daiquiri became known by name in the late 19th century as a rum cocktail in Cuba. It originally consisted of rum, lime juice and sugar! It quickly became a favourite drink worldwide. The Mojito also comes from Cuba, to which mint and soda are added to the rum, lime juice and sugar.

After the tiki bars became popular in the 1940s, more and more rum cocktails came into fashion and enjoyed particular popularity. In the Tiki era, which began in the 1940s and waned again in the early 1970s, everything to do with the South Seas was popular! In addition to fashion, art, everyday objects, home accessories and architecture, the bar scene was also involved, and with it cocktails.

Californian Victor Jules Bergeron, nicknamed Vic, founded the famous Trader Vic's, a Polynesian restaurant and tiki bar chain.

Many cocktails have their origins in Cuba and the Tiki era.

Interesting to know

In many rum-producing countries, cocktails, or rather drinks, are mixed freely and are then simply called "punch".

The Ti Punch from Martinique isprobablynot listed in any cocktail book in the world, but is widely drunk on the island. The name comes from Petit Punch, which means small punch! It is drunk throughout the day.

They jokingly say: "Chacun prépare sa propre mort." - "Everyone prepares their own death."

And it's so quick and easy to mix:

  • 4 cl white rhum agricole
  • 1 tsp cane sugar
  • Infused with freshly squeezed lime juice

 

The "Punch" on the island of Madeira at William Hinton Rum is simple and versatile at the same time. It is available traditionally, regionally with orange, as a "pescador" with lemon or newly created with passion fruit or ginger.

Basic equipment for your home bar

Rum, rum and... rum

Which rum is best for cocktails?

Firstly: white rum and brown rum are equally suitable for rum cocktails. White rum is often lighter and fresher, while brown rum has more character of its own as it has been stored in a barrel. A lot depends on individual taste.

If you now have a high-proof rum and a rum agricole in your home bar, you can create a delicious cocktail at any time! Incidentally, a rum agricole can also be enjoyed on its own.

We have compiled the best rums for various occasions on a special page.

Other ingredients

Juices from various tropical fruits are a must in your household. With orange, pineapple and lemon juice, you can get even closer to a rum cocktail. Add coconut juice or syrup, orange liqueur, grenadine and sugar syrup.

You should always have fresh, unprocessed lemons, limes and cane sugar in the house - and a sufficient supply of ice cubes.

Garnish and serve your cocktail attractively

Cocktail bowls, long drink glasses or tumblers are suitable for serving a rum cocktail in an attractive way. Depending on the cocktail, lemon, orange or pineapple slices look great on the rim of the glass as a garnish. There are no limits to your imagination here!

Other accessories

To start mixing, you will need a cocktail shaker, a bar measure and a lemon squeezer. Other useful accessories include a blender, a bar strainer, a zest cutter and a bar spoon.

It's cocktail time!

Which cocktails can you mix with rum?

We have put together the best rum cocktails for you in alphabetical order!

Let us inspire you! Perhaps you can mix one or two of them right away using the ingredients in your home bar! Get the cocktail shaker ready!

From simple cocktails to rum cocktail classics

Cuba Libre

A local cocktail made from local rum!

This drink from Cuba immediately conjures up that Caribbean feeling. It is a simple, quickly prepared rum cocktail that impresses with its pure ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cl Cuban rum - white or brown
  • 1 cl lime juice
  • Cola for topping up

Preparation:

Put ice cubes in the glass, pour in the rum, add the lime juice and top up with cola, garnish with a slice of lime and you have the famous rum cocktail in your hand.

Daiquiri

A classic among rum cocktails

Named after the Cuban city of Daiquiri, it is one of the oldest known rum cocktails. Invented in Cuba at the end of the 19th century, it is popular all over the world. It is a simple cocktail, as the basic ingredients are just rum, sugar and lime.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cl white or brown rum
  • 3 cl lime juice
  • 2 cl sugar syrup or 2 tsp cane sugar

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a glass.
The Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri is a wonderful summery variation. In addition to the ingredients already mentioned, fresh pureed strawberries and crushed ice are added. Garnish with a strawberry.

Choose the classic Havana or the Plantation from Barbados for this Cuban cocktail.

Long Island Iced Tea

A strong long drink in a class of its own!

Five different spirits are mixed into one drink. Add cola, lemon and ice - and you have an exceptional rum cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cl white rum
  • 1.5 cl gin
  • 1.5 cl tequila
  • 1.5 cl vodka
  • 1.5 cl orange liqueur
  • 3 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 cl sugar syrup
  • Cola for topping up

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients, except the cola, well in a shaker filled with ice cubes and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with cola and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Mai Tai

A tiki cocktail!

This cocktail was invented in California in the 1940s. It is a typical cocktail from the Tiki era, when everything centred around the cultures of the South Seas was celebrated.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cl brown rum
  • 3 cl white rum
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • 2 cl orange liqueur
  • 1 cl grenadine
  • 1 cl almond syrup

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with pineapple and mint. A cherry and orange slice also work well as decoration.

We recommend using good quality white and brown rum. This will be noticeable in the flavour of the finished cocktail.

Mojito

Toast to the world-famous writer!

Five ingredients - one delicious summer drink! This refreshing cocktail originates from Cuba and the writer Hemingway was probably its most famous fan. There is no consensus as to where the name Mojito comes from. Whether it's the name of a cloth bag, a mixture of spices or the term for "wet" - it doesn't matter, the long drink has fans all over the world.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cl white rum
  • 2.5 cl freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cl sugar syrup or cane sugar
  • Soda water for topping up
  • 2 stalks of mint

Preparation:

Place the lime juice, cane sugar and a few mint leaves in a glass and crush with a pestle to extract the flavours. Then add ice, add the rum and top up with soda. Garnish with mint leaves.

The white rum should be of good quality - the finer the cocktail!

Pina Colada

The liquid rum dessert!
The sweetest thing a rum cocktail has to offer! It enchants us like a dessert! The Piña Colada comes from Puerto Rico and its ingredients make it creamy, sweet and fruity at the same time.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cl white rum
  • 2 cl cream
  • 2 cl coconut syrup
  • 4 cl coconut milk
  • 10 cl pineapple juice

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients well in a blender with ice cubes. A pineapple slice on the rim of the glass is a must for decoration.

There are many variations of a piña colada, but it always includes: Rum, pineapple juice and coconut milk. White rum makes the cocktail fresh, brown rum gives it a strong flavour.

Planter's Punch

The summer cocktail - known the world over - variable in style!

The Planter's Punch also dates back to the Tiki era. It is one of the most famous rum cocktails in the world. Its name still contains the word "punch", which was the cocktail's predecessor. There are a number of variations, which always consist of rum and a combination of different juices. The fruity rum cocktail par excellence!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cl brown rum
  • 4 cl orange juice
  • 4 cl pineapple juice
  • 2 cl lemon or lime juice
  • 1 cl grenadine
  • 2 cl sugar syrup

Preparation:

Shake the rum and juice vigorously over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes and then carefully pour over the grenadine for a nice colour gradient. Garnish with an orange peel.

 

Rum Sour

Sour and creamy at the same time, that's the classic!

The ingredients rum, lemon and sugar are classic. What makes it special is the egg white, which is less responsible for the flavour and more for the creamy consistency.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 cl brown rum
  • 3 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 cl sugar syrup
  • 1.5 cl egg white

Preparation:

Shake all the ingredients together thoroughly in a shaker over ice, although the egg white can also be omitted. Shaking is particularly important when adding egg white. Fill a glass with ice cubes and strain the cocktail over them.

Use the zest of an organic lemon to garnish the drink. You can also leave out the egg white. In addition to Rum Sour, there are also Whiskey Sour and Gin Sour.

Zoombie

The strongest of the rum cocktails!

Also a tiki cocktail! It is strong and is mixed with different types of rum, white, brown and high-proof rum.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cl brown rum
  • 3 cl white rum
  • 2 cl high-proof rum
  • 4 cl orange juice
  • 4 cl lime juice
  • 2 cl orange liqueur

Preparation:

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes and then strain into a glass with crushed ice. A lemon zest goes well as a garnish.

An elaborate creation that is said to bring the dead back to life! A little pineapple juice can be added to give the cocktail an extra fresh flavour.

 

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Sylvia Simm is an experienced employee of Whisky.de. After more than 20 years in online sales and service, she supports the company with her extensive whisky knowledge in marketing. As online editor and content manager, she is responsible for editing and updating the texts on the knowledge pages.

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